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Oracle Database 11g The Complete Reference by Kevin Loney

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CHAPTER 45The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Oracle Data Dictionary

Oracle's data dictionary stores all the information that is used to manage the objects in the database. Although the data dictionary is usually the domain of database administrators (DBAs), it also is a source of valuable information for developers and end users.

In this chapter, you will see the data dictionary—Oracle's internal directory—from the perspective of an end user; the data dictionary tables and views are not listed alphabetically, but rather are grouped by function (tables, security, and so on). This organization is designed to let you quickly find your way to the information you need. The most-used data dictionary views are all shown here, along with examples of their ...

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